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Utilization of Pith Plant Aeschynomene aspera (Leguminosae:Papilionoideae) by Traditional Florists Cum Craftsmen in Jaj pur District, Odisha, India


Pith plant (Aeschynomene aspera L., Leguminosae:Papilionoideae) is found abundantly in the wetlands of Jajpur district, Odisha. The traditional florists and many craftsmen attached to various temples make good use of this plant for decoration purposes. The soft stem of the plant are used in many religious and socio-cultural functions in the district and has been instrumental in providing livelihood to this section of people. But with rapidly shrinking water bodies and loss of its natural habitat, the availability of this species is getting scarce. The fate of this traditional craft and of the craftsmen in the changing scenario is analysed.


Pith Plant, Water Bodies, Traditional Craftsmen, Temple Rituals.



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